UK High Court orders ISPs to ban The Pirate Bay
The UK High Court has ruled that internet service providers (ISPs) must block file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.
BBC reports that ISPs such as Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media were ordered to block the file-sharing site from UK users.
The result stems from a request in November 2011 from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) asking the ISPs to voluntarily block the site. However, the ISPs said they would not block the site unless there was a court order, which has now happened.
According to the BPI’s chief executive Geoff Taylor, the High Court said, The Pirate Bay "infringes copyright on a massive scale." Taylor said sites like The Pirate Bay "destroy jobs in the UK" and "undermines investment in new British artists."
Virgin Media said it will block the site but said these measures are only ‘part of the solution’ in the long term. It believes consumers need ‘compelling legal alternatives’ to access content at a reasonable price.
It cited cloud music service Spotify as an example. Virgin Media signed a deal with Spotify recently to offer broadband subscriptions with a premium Spotify membership.
The Pirate Bay is one of the biggest file-sharing sites online and has attracted a lot of controversy for letting users share copyrighted content, which includes films and TV shows.
Its founders were found guilty of assisting illegal file-sharing in 2009 and the ruling was upheld in 2010.
The Pirate Party UK, a political party which is seeking copyright reform, believes this ruling will not give artists any more royalties and believes the UK is on 'a slippery slope towards internet censorship.'